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obama and senator roger wicker. this move cummings just days after the letters were intercepted in mail sorting facilities for the white house, capitol hill. nbc's tracie potts has the details. >> reporter: richard what led them to mississippi, was the setting on not just two, but three letters wents too a mississippi judge, signing those letters to become a silent partner i am kevin curtis and i approve this message. that suspect called kevin curtis has been arrested in his home in tupelo, mississippi. the authorities were led there as a result of the investigation. three letters positive for the potentially dangerous and deadly substance ricin. wicker, president obama and the judge's all postmarked april 8th from memphis, according to authorities. what they don't know is why he did. there's little information, little evidence on what his motive could have been, what we do know, it's had a huge impact here on capitol hill. other offices including senator richard shelby checked after reports of suspicious packages. both here on capitol hill and back in local districts. nothing else foun
contacted was the recent letters that were sent to senator wicker, as well as president obama. the information that we received from the fbi of the content that those two letters contained, the way that the letters were typewritten to those two individuals, the postmark similarity that we had, it raised suspicion that there could possibly be a connection to the letter that we received in justice court. the next step that we took was a joint effort in investigating what we could about what this substance was that was inside the letter that we had. as you all know, the federal authorities released the information as far as the content that they believed was placed inside the two letters to senator wicker, as well as president obama. their team and other government officials arrived at our facility. we staged them on our north parking lot. there's a portable laboratory that was brought in. they came in and took possession of our letter, which is the justice court letter that was received on april 10th. that particular letter, content and envelope has been analyzed at the laborato
and a republican senator. it was backed by president obama, but faced fierce opposition from the national rifle association. a ban on assault weapons also failed. along with the bid to block the sale of high capacity ammunition clips. tonight we know the name of the suspect. who is believed to have mailed letters filled with a deadly poison to president obama and a mississippi senator. >> federal agents say, they have arrested 45-year-old paul kevin curtis of mississippi. the deadly substance. known as ry-sin. both letters were intercepted at screening facilities.and both were post-marked memphis tennessee - april 8th. the white house says, staffers followed a careful drill in handling the letters.and no one was injured. >> jacqueline: it was a new warmer day today. '70s but along the coast we saw cooler conditions with upper 50s and 60s. tonight, clear skies and mild. again, that warming trend will continue for the weekend. the satellite and radar showing clear skies. high-pressure is driving this storm to this north of us. it will stay sunny and warm. temperatures of the door to more will be
overnight, suspected of sending letters contaminated with poison to president obama and senator roger wicker. the move comes just days after the betters were intercepted in mail-sorting facilities. tracie potts is live with the details. >> reporter: authorities after an exhaustive investigation traced the letters to paul kevin curtis of tupelo, mississippi. he was arrested at his home in mississippi, as authorities try to figure out what the motive was here. three letters that tested positive for potentially dangerous ricin. the one sent to senator wicker never made it to capitol hill. it was intercepted. one sent to president obama was intercepted offsite. all of them postmarked april 8th. and all postmarked for memphis. what gave it away was the common signature. i am kevin curtis and i approve this message, at the end of the letters. the test on the first letter to wicker, had proved inconclusive. and the second one, as well. they're trying to figure out how potent this ricin was. and while it initially tested positive, the further tests by the fbi have been inconclusive. they ordered mor
. mississippi man is under arrest, accused of trying to send ricin to president obama and senator wicker. paul kevin occcurt >>> the weather looks nice in the bay area today. as we look live toward the tallest skyscraper in san francisco, the transamerica pyramid, and plenty of blue out there. the numbers start out chilly with 41 in santa rosa, 43 at livermore and 47 in san jose. we warm up from there to 77 in san jose and 69 in the city. and the extended forecast look at what happens. the numbers warm into the mid- 80s by early next week. looks like a good beach weekend, as well. enjoy it. happened in texas to the oklahoma bombing. we'll show you the possible toxic health risk. >>> gun control is blocked in the u.s. senate and the president is furious. >> this was a pretty shameful day for washington. >> we'll look at why the white house couldn't get enough support from democrats. >>> and a surprise arrest in the murder of two prosecutors. details on the woman who could face the death penalty ahead on "cbs this morning." ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] for those who willingly take on the day...
. letters to president obama and senator roger wicker of mississippi were intercepted. the letters are undergoing additional testing. >> any time a suspicious pouder is located in a mail facility it is tested. and the mail is screened. the mail sent here is screened and these tests are undertaken at remote sites to mitigate risk to recipients and general population. >> the fbi says results of the tests on those envelopes could be released later today. >>> president obama, vowing to fight on after a gun control bill came up short. the senate voting down a compromised measure to expand background checks and military style assault weapons. the gun lobby lied about the bill and senators of both parties caved in to put call pressure. >> all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington. but that is not over. i want to make it clear to the american people, we can bring along meaningful changes to reduce gun violence if the american people don't give up on it. >>> a major break in the case of three high profile kigz in kaufman county texas. the wife of a disgraced former justice o
to the emotional debate over gun control. president obama with strong words after the senate failed to pass a key proposal to expand background checks. he called it a shameful day in washington and vowed to keep fighting. john carl has the story. >> the amendment is not agreed to. >> reporter: just as the bill was voted down, two victims of gun violence scream out in the senate chamber. >> shame on you! >> the president joined by gabby giffords and some of the families were anger. >> all in all this was a shameful day for washington. >> reporter: afterwards the newtown families told us they were disappointed but determined. >> we don't have a political agenda. we just don't want other people to suffer through this. we want their passing to mean something, to have a purpose. >> reporter: james and natalie barden lost their little brother daniel in the sandy hook massacre. >> i feel that we owe it to daniel because his life needed to mean something. >> he was just so thoughtful and he thought about everybody. he was always happy. >> reporter: senator rand paul yesterday accused the president of usi
. those letters addressed to president obama and mississippi republican senator roger wicker. we have learned the suspect is a man from tupelo, mississippi, a man with a long history of sending letters to lawmakers in washington. investigators say that early tests on those letters were positive. that mail never came close to the president or the senator for that matter. they set off alarms though in postal screening facilities away from the white house and away from chill. i want to start our coverage this hour now with mike emanuel who is live on capitol hill and there is a lot we can report now that we could not several hours ago. what do we have now. >> that's right, bill. we can tell you the man's name is kenneth curtis, he is from tupelo, mississippi. the arrest made we understand this evening unclear whether charges will be filed tonight or tomorrow and where they will be filed you better believe federal law enforcement and prosecutorial people talking about exactly how to proceed from this point. we know that these letters addressed to president obama and senator roger wicker,
with the deadly poison ricin to president obama as well as mississippi senator roger wicker. jon roberts has that story live from oxford, mississippi. john. >> reporter: good morning to you. we do know that kevin curtis is in jail at the lafayette county jail in oxford, mississippi. he is probably going to have a first appearance in federal court next door some time in afternoon. he can potential ale lee face very serious charges including use of a weapon of mass destruction, terrorism charges, as well as an attempt to commit murder for allegedly sending three letters one to senator wicker, one to president obama and another one to a district court judge in tupelo, mississippi, sadie holland. that was the first letter to be received on april the 10th. haoerp is what we know about this fella. he lives near the border of tennessee. ef is a part-time musician, an elvis i impersonator by trade and seems to sur scribe to various broad spreur theories when it comes to trafficking in body parts. this whole story may go all the way back to city 99 when he was working as a maintenance contractor for
to president obama and a mississippi senator, roger wicker. the suspect identified as 45- year-old paul ken curtis out of corinth, mississippi. a cousin says he felt the government had not treated him well. he described him as an entertainer who impersonated elvis presley and other singers. investigators are still waiting for additional test results before they can confirm the letters contained the deadly poison ricin. preliminary tests show that they indeed did. security systems intercepted the letters before they could harm anyone. >>> a bipartisan plan to expand background checks for gun purchases has failed to advance in the u.s. senate. president obama called it a shameful day for congress. >> there were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. it came down to politics, the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections. so they caved to the pressure. and they started looking for an excuse, any excuse, to vote no. >> five democrats were among those who opposed the plan. both california senators voted in favor. >>> san francisco is get
poison. to president obama and a mississippi senator. federal agents say, they have arrested 45-year-old paul kevin curtis of mississippi. the deadly substance. is known as ry-sin. both letters were facilities. and both were post-marked memphis, tennessee - april 8th. the white house says, staffers followed a careful drill in handling the letters. and no one was injured. >> jacqueline: we are seeing some pretty mild conditions. '70s in napa. it is going to be a mild night tonight. we can see that through the bay bridge toll plaza. even warmer tomorrow with that warming trend continuing. it is because of the high pressure. that is well to the north we can see that it is driving up towards washington. it will keep our sky is clear. temperatures in the 50s bay- area wide. quickly getting to the '60s and '70s. widespread 70's for the 3:00 p.m. hour with the 60s for the immediate coast. temperatures in your neighborhood. '70s in the south bay, even upper 70's! 78 in cupertino. we will see temperatures in the upper 70's in concord, pleasanton, 80s in antioch. temperatures in the low 70's t
president obama and the senate majority leader commented on that this morning. >> appears the suspect has been apprehended the cowardly anonymous attacks i hope he will be brought to justice very soon. we should all understand this is not appear to be related in any way to boston connell: one final note president obama has spoken with governor rick perry from texas to tell him the prayers are with the people of west, texas, as they respond to the explosion. a busy week. none of it is good. connell: rich edson from the white house. the talk about the jobless claims have been revised at 352,000. from stanford connected is the are bs economist. it has been a rough week for all of us. do any of the events have any impact on how you look at the economy right now? are are you focused on other factors? >> at this point* i don't see them has any impact it is the actions going forward but it will not have an economic impact worries about people not wanting to go to a large sporting event and fortunately we have had these kinds of episodes before an economic impact has been negligent with so one of
president obama was joined by some new town family members and mr. obama lashed out at senators and the gun lobby. >> i have heard folks say having the families of victims lobby for this legislation was so somehow misplaced. a prop somebody called them: emotional blackmail. some outlets said. are they serious? do we really think that thousands of families whose lives have been shattered by gun violence don't have a right to weigh in on this issue? do we think their emotions, their loss is not relevant to this debate? so all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington. >> megyn: joining me now alan colmes hosts the alan colmes show and ben ferguson hosts the ben ferguson show through the radio network. the president went on to accuse the nra of willfully lying in order to stop this bill from getting through. i'm going to get to that in one second let me start with his position on the newtown families. the president seemed to be defending charges that he was using them as a prop. i want to point out to the viewers. the new town families are not unanimous on gun control. i mean, we
that it does look sunny and warmer sunday/monday. >> time now 7:12. president obama lashed out at senators who voted against new gun control legislation. >> because the american people are trying to figure out how can something have 90% support and not have it. >> washington insider weighs in on whether another push for tougher gun laws is likely. >> plus, the big reward being offered in the search for a missing hayward man. ñç >>> a little cooler this morning. not as much of a breeze thankfully. sunny today. warmer. 60s and 70s. things look to be quieter today than the past couple days. >> time now 7:15. happening right now president obama and first lady michelle obama have arrived in boston. these are live pictures. they are arriving now. the president and first lady will be in boston attending inter faith prayer service in honor of those injured and killed in the boston bombings. focused on where air force one. we know air force one is down on the ground. the president will be speaking at the service. we wanted to take you live to boston's airport to let you know the president is in the
letters sent to a senator, roger wicker from mississippi, and president obama. >>> plus, we're awaiting a news conference out of texas on the murders of a district attorney, his wife, and another prosecutor that could be a major development in the case. that's all coming up right" next. lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >>> welcome back to cnn's continuing coverage of the boston terrorist attacks and, of course, the explosions in texas. i'm jake tapper along with erin burnett. quick update on other news developing at this hour. first, the suspicious letters sent to president obama and senator roger wicker of mississippi. lab results are due any moment to confirm whether or not they were contaminated with the deadly poison ricin. initial tests showed that they were. police believe they have the man who sent the letters in custody. they charged paul kevin curtis with threats against the president a short time ago. curtis was arrested at his home in missis
. melissa: a democratic senator who helped craft president obama's health care law now calls it a train wreck. max baucus made the comment yesterday as health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius testified at routine budget hearing. >> small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect. do you have any data. you're not giving data. you're giving concept frankly. i just see a huge train wreck coming down. melissa: time now for lou dobbs. so this one of those things where you accidentally blurt out the truth or was this contrived? senator bach sus -- >> senator baucus is not the kind of man that makes those mistakes or actions in his expressions. he was talking to her earnestly and forthrightly sayingings secretary, you have got a mess on your hand and you have very little time to turn it around. she misspoke at least, she was not fulsome in her answers in dealing with the exchanges because october we begin to see those constructed. four out of 30 republican governors are going to go along with it. the rest are not. melissa: wow. >> 33 legislators, or governors have reject
by a democratic and republican senator. it was backed by president obama, but faced fierce opposition from the national rifle association. a ban on assault weapons also failed along with a bid to block the sale of high capacity ammunition clips. >> we now know the name of the suspect was believed to have mailed letters filled with deadly poison to president obama and mississippi senator. >> federal agents say, they have arrested 45 year-old paul kagan curtis of mississippi. the deadly substance inside those letters is known as rysin . both letters were intercepted as screening facilities and were both postmarked memphis tennessee april 8th. the white house says, staffers of a careful drill and handling the letters and no one was injured. >> following a story in san francisco with a is a suspicious package found near lotus fountain. today what would have been the commemoration of the one-- 1906 earthquake. the mayor was expected to be there as well as a host of other dignitaries. police and bombs csquad technicians investigate this suspicious package at lotus fountain. >> good morning every
containing ricin to president obama, republican senator roger wicker and a mississippi official. curtis was arrested at his home in mississippi. fortunately both letters sent to the president and senator wicker were intercepted before they ever reached anyone. that case, at least there's been progress made with regard to what happened there in washington. >>steve: back to our top news story on this thursday morning, and it is a fox news alert, we continue to keep a close watch on the explosion in texas. casey steagall is standing by. how many people do we know confirmed dead? how many hurt? we understand that whole region around the plant, this looks like a nuke went off. >> it looks a little bit more like a war zone. in fact, a representative with the texas department of public safety came out of there earlier and said it really looked like something you would see perhaps on the streets of baghdad or in kabul, afghanistan. it is difficult to get your mind around what has happened there because when the explosion happened just right before 8:00 local time last night, the sun was going d
in connection with the poison letters sent to president obama and mississippi senator roger wicker. john roberts is live for us right now in oxford, mississippi, with the latest for us. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning to you, patti ann. quite a story to tell, according to people i talked to who know kevin curtis, the man who was arrested yesterday afternoon in hose home in corinth, mississippi, on the border with tennessee, this guy had a lot going on. he was a part-time musician, an elvis impersonator weaving strong conspiracy theories about trafficking in body parts by one of the biggest medical institutions in mississippi. a while ago i got off with an attorney who used to represent him he clearly, according to this attorney that kevin curtis has some serious mental issues. he was doing contract cleaning work for north mississippi medical center. he claims one day he happened to cross arefrigerator looking for a drink of water that was full of body parts. when he tried to tell people about it, he was fired by the medical institution, banned from its campus. he then tried to tell
, and the information that we received from the federal people that senator wicker and president obama received. >> more tests are being done on the letters. more details now about the poison ricin. it comes from the bean of the caster oil plant, and it is deadliest when inhaled. it could be used to kill an individual, but would not work for a large group of people, and does not pass from person to person. there is only one known assassination using ricin. in 1978, a bulgarian dissident. >>> sabotage in the south bay. new details on the attacks on two crucial utilities. why investigators think they were coordinated. >> possible relief for allergy sufferers. >> then. >> there are firefighters down. >> our coverage of the deadly massive explosion in texas continues. we're gathering new details on this breaking story. >>> all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington, but this effort is not over. >> a visibly angry president obama stands with the families of those killed in the newtown massacre. the president isn't the only one blasting the senate for narrowly rejecting the measure. heather hol
that senator wicker and president obama received. >> more tests are being done on the letters. more details now about the poison ricin. it comes from the bean of the caster oil plant, and it is deadliest when inhaled. it could be used to kill an individual, but would not work for a large group of people, and does not pass from person to person. there is only one known assassination using ricin. in 1978, a bulgarian dissident. >>> sabotage in the south bay. new details on the attacks on two crucial utilities. why investigators think they were you kids should count yourselves lucky. we didn't have u-verse back in my day. you couldn't just... guys... there you are. you know you couldn't just pause a show in one room, then... where was i... you couldn't pause a show in one room then start playing it in another. and...i'm talking to myself... [ male announcer ] call to get u-verse tv for just $19 a month for 2 years with qualifying bundles. rethink possible. >>> all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington, but this effort is not over. >> a visibly angry president obama stands with the
kenneth to president obama. letter sent to a mississippi senator contained the poison ry-sin. tested positive for the same toxin. it was intercepted at a screening facility outside the white house. it was received tuesday - and the f-b-i says the letters to both men were post-marked memphis tennessee -- on april 8th. the white house says staffers followed a careful drill in handling the letters.and no one was injured. from longtime other than standard protocol. any time a specific powers in the mail facility is inspected. out _ that is screened. steps are taken a remote sites. mississipi republican. it had markings similar to the one sent to the the f-b-i says both letters will undergo more testing. both were intercepted at off-site mail screening buildings capital police say it turns out that suspicious packages investigated in the u-stoday were "not" hazardous. but at last word - a man was still being questioned. some senate office buildings were closed for a time. and senator carl levin says tests are being done on a suspicious letter sent to his michigan office. a staffer who dis
hours after the senate dealt a stinging blow to obama's agending by rejecting a white house backed plan on background checks for gun sales. obama invited a dozen democratic senators to join him for an informal dinner after holding two similar meetings with separate groups of republican senators. senators dick durbin, dianne feinstein, ron wyden, jack reed, landrieu, jean shaheen, michael ben it, and chris coons were some of the democratic senators that attended. first call up during this segment of the "washington journal" comes from tony in mow desso -- modesto, california. hi. caller: i wanted to bring up the fact yesterday about obama was out there and democrats out there talked about how the n.r.a. lied and were calling people liars. what amazed me is they never talk about those, all these lies that had to do with obamacare. lie after lie after lie. that's all the democrats do is lie. but they call other people liars. and i think that all the companies ought to make sure that when they have to lay off people for obamacare, make sure it's your democrat voters that go. send the voters
wednesday accused of sending letters to president obama and senators that tested positive for poisonous ricin. paul kevin curtis arrested near the tennessee state long. both letters were signed i am kc and i approve this message. who knows what that is about. carl levin said a staff member would spend the night in the hospital for caution after opening a suspicious letter. you don't know what is happening, whether they are connected, copycat stuff, whether the world has gone insane, and dogs and cats are in fact living together. has anyone spotted the stay puffed marshmallow man. the senator yesterday. >> i would like to commend the officials for detecting this threat before they even reached the capitol. >> and yet they would want to get rid of the post office. >> stephanie: and what dummy thinks the president opens his own mail. really? sorry, i can't make the summit, i have a bunch of mail. >> apparently kc thinks he does. >> i'm going get to him. >> stephanie: wiley coyote of tennessee. >> oh, got. >> stephanie: i'm going to try to move a mountain next. >> i'm goin
to president obama and a u.s. senator. police say that both letters tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. they were signed, i am kc, and i approve this message. they have been traced to a man near tupelo, mississippi. the letters were intercepted yesterday before they could reach their intended targets. >>> there was a measure that failed for more strict background checks for gun control. it was opposed by the national rifle association. the president blasted congress for killing the bill calling it a shameful day for washington. >> there were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. it came down to politics. the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections. and so they caved to the pressure. and they started looking for an excuse, any excuse, to vote no. >> the president pinned the blame on a small minority of republican senators. however, five democrats also opposed the plan. >>> the wife of a former texas justice of the peace has been charged in connection with the murders of two district attorneys. 46-year-old kim williams is also
to president obama and a mississippi senator. federal agents say they have arrested 45 year-old paul capt. curtihave bkevin curtis of mississippi. the deadly substance inside those letters is known as ricin. both letters were intercepted at screening facilities and both were postmarked memphis tennessee april 8th. the white house says that for stolid careful drill in handling the letters and one was injured. >> we wait for a possible of arrests as they believe they may have identified a suspect on video in the bombing of the boston marathon on monday. >> 7:13 a.m. and we'll be back with more in just a couple of minutes. a live look from our mt. tam cam. this shows you clear conditions, we will have a nice day. we will start getting the warm-up as we head into the weekend. and george has a continuing look at the hot spot on westbound 580. [ male announcer ] you think you know me. i'm just red carpets and big spectacles. but that's only the beginning. i have more than one red carpet. i like all sorts of spectacles. from the grandiose to the impromptu... to the completely unexpected. and the
obama and another letter to the republican senator from mississippi, roger wicker. the mail set off alarms at a screening facility. never came close to the white house or capitol hill. but a season source is telling fox news the substance in the letters is absolutely, unequivocally, ricin. police and neighbors describing the guy as a paranoid loner who thought the government was out to get him, trying to ruin his reputation. as for the body part conspiracy there was word he was deeply disturbed from his time working in a hospital. both letters saying, quote to see a wrong and not disclose is it is to become a partner to its continuance. it ended, i am kc and i approve this message. john roberts is live in mississippi. what can we say about this now today, john? >> we're learning all kinds of things about this fella and the possibility as well learned in court, overhearing conversation between the u.s. attorney and the judge there may be -- not confirmed -- a fourth letter out there some one. kevin kurtis had the appears, official charges, threatening the life of the president. we ov
. . >>> updating breaking news, an arrest in the ricin case. recapping two letters. one sent to u.s. senator roger wicker, the other to president obama, each containing the same writing, the same cryptic phrase each tainted with ricin. both being tested in the army's bio warfare research lab at ft. diedrich in maryland. joe johns joining us and dana bash joining us, as well. dana, you've been talking to your sources, getting more information on how all this went down. what have you learned? >> i've learned from a law enforcement official here that they have been actually tracking the man who was arrested for some time, because he had been sending letters to senator wicker, this is not the first time. it had been going on for a while. so i'm told they gave the information that they had -- that they collected. they collected a record on this individual to the fbi, and the fbi was able then to go down to tupelo, mississippi to make this arrest of this individual today. and, again, this is -- this man was arrested in the case of sending what they still believe to be at least initial positive tests of
's capital. president obama and mississippi senator wicker was intercepted at a mail processing facility after tests indicated the poisonous substance. the president was informed of the situation. >> any time a suspicious powder is located in a mail facility it is tested. and i would underscore that the mail is screened. the mail sent here is screened and these tests are undertaken at remote sites to mitigate the risk both to those recipients and to the general population. >> reporter: the fbi says results of the additional testing on the envelope could be known later today. >>> texas authorities could file more charge today in the case of three high-profile killings that disgraced former justice of the peace and his wife are in jail. kim williams confessed to her role in the shootings of a prosecutor, a d.a., and his wife. and claimed her husband eric was the trigger man in all three. she's charge with capital murder. eric williams is in jail on a terroristic threat charge but that could be upgraded. investigators say an e-mail threatening more attacks was traced back to him. that certa
from castor beans. one to president obama, another to mississippi republican senator roger wicker, and a third, local authorities said, to a mississippi justice official. >> there are great consistencies between the content, the letter itself, the way the letter was written, the postmark of the letter. >> reporter: the fbi says the letters to the president and senator were postmarked memphis, tennessee, ten days ago with identical language including the phrase, to see a wrong and not expose it is to become a silent partner to its continuance. signed iak.c., i am k.c., and i approve this message. those were never delivered. intercepted by a precaution put in place after the anthrax attacks that killed five people shortly after 9/11. and federal officials say more tests are needed, natalie, to determine if, in fact, that substance was ricin, and if so, how strong. the fib also says these see no connection between this ricin-tainted scare and what's happening in boston. >> peter alexander at the white house for us this morning, thank you. it's now 7:18. back to al. >>> you have the r
the letters sent to president obama and the republican senator, roger wicker of mississippi, those letters are suspected to have been tainted, to have been laced with the poison ricin. it can kill. you ricin. the fbi has arrested a man in mississippi in connection with this case. his name, paul kevin curtis, and he also is an elvis presley impersonator of all things. officials across the nation are looking for more suspicious letters even as we speak right now. chris cuomo watching all of this. just outside the cathedral of the holy cross, where the interfaith memorial service will take place, chris. >> all right, thanks, wolf. people lined up since 4:00 in the morning. the name of the service is called healing our city. clear gee from all over boston. political dignitaries here, archbishop sean cardinal o'malley will be here, and the guest of honor, president obama and the first lady. the life of the dead is put into the hearts of the living. this allows people to come together, share in their grief. i'm joined by jessica yellin and john king. this is a message that will have big importan
charged with making threats against president obama and sending threatening letters to him and to a mississippi republican senator wicker. paul kevin curtis was arrested at his home in mississippi for allegedly sending letters to the president and senator wicker. final tests are being carried out right now to determine definitively if those letters are contaminated with the deadly poison ricin. as we know initial tests are often wrong, false positive. but the initial test did say they were contaminated with ricin. >> all right. and now one of these images most of us will remember from the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in west, texas. the city's medical director, his face bloodied, organizing the search and rescue effort after he had obviously undergone injuries himself. and then updating reporters on the situation. >> there was just a major, major explosion. the windows came in on me, the roof came in on me, the ceiling came in. i worked my way out to go get some more help. of course we lost all communication because the power went out. the station is badly damaged a wh
, which is why the more advanced lab testing is now needed. in addition to that letter to senator wicker yesterday, we now know a basically identical letter was also sent to the white house, to president obama. it also has tested positive for ricin and is awaiting confirming tests from the lab. both letters appear to be written by the same person, both postmarked april 8th, sent from memphis, tennessee, both said "to see a wrong and not expose it is to become a silent partner to its continue yuns." i am kc and i approve this message. part of his initials are, in fact, k.c. his name is paul kevin curtis, and he is from mississippi, just north of tupalo, mississippi. we do not know anything about him yet or the evidence against him other than the fact he has been arrested. in terms of what was in the letters, what substance was in the letters, federal officials tell nbc news tonight that initial lab tests of the letters, lab tests, not the field tests, the initial follow-up lab tests were inconclusive. there was some level of ricin measured in the lab tests, but the exact potency is as yet
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